Take a firm stand!

August 12, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Friday khutbah about the importance of clearly defining who we are as muslims, clearly defining labels/names, and how we should react when fingers are pointed at us for acts of terror or crimes.

Islamic Fascists…No Need to Define US (20 min long)

Please keep me in your du’a.

Assalamu 3alaikum.

Your brother,

Billo.

Quick Post

July 10, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Just wanted to tell you all that I arrived Fort Mac. 

(To my family:  I tried calling you but I couldn’t get a hold of you for some reason.  I’ll try again tomorrow inshallah.)

Please keep me in your du’a.

Assalamu 3alaikum

Your brother,

Billo. 

My parents are happy I’m leaving!!

July 10, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

My visit to Edmonton comes to end in 1 hour inshallah. The Symposium was great alhamdulillah, and may Allah reward all those brothers and sisters who helped make it possible. Ameen. I am disheartened that the organizers were short of money, and I pray that the amount that was collected was enough to cut even. Ameen.

So, I take this opportunity to remind you all to donate to the MSA so that events like this can occur on a constant basis. Remember, your donation is going to saving our youth from the Hellfire as Dr. Ahmed Shehab had mentioned in his closing statement. I remind you of the sayings of the prophet – peace and blessings be upon him:

عَنْ عَدِيِّ بْنِ حَاتِمٍ قَالَ
ذَكَرَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ النَّارَ فَتَعَوَّذَ مِنْهَا وَأَشَاحَ بِوَجْهِهِ ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ النَّارَ فَتَعَوَّذَ مِنْهَا وَأَشَاحَ بِوَجْهِهِ قَالَ شُعْبَةُ أَمَّا مَرَّتَيْنِ فَلَا أَشُكُّ ثُمَّ قَالَ اتَّقُوا النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشِقِّ تَمْرَةٍ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَجِدْ فَبِكَلِمَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ

Narrated ‘Adi bin Hatim:

The Prophet mentioned the (Hell) Fire and sought refuge (with Allah) from it, and turned his face to the other side. He mentioned the (Hell) Fire again and took refuge (with Allah) from it and turned his face to the other side. (Shu’ba, the sub-narrator, said, “I have no doubt that the Prophet repeated it twice.”) The Prophet then said, “(O people!) Save yourselves from the (Hell) Fire even if with one half of a date fruit (given in charity), and if this is not available, then (save yourselves) by saying a good pleasant friendly word.” [Al-Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 73, Number 52]

 

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ تَصَدَّقَ بِعَدْلِ تَمْرَةٍ مِنْ كَسْبٍ طَيِّبٍ وَلَا يَقْبَلُ اللَّهُ إِلَّا الطَّيِّبَ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يَتَقَبَّلُهَا بِيَمِينِهِ ثُمَّ يُرَبِّيهَا لِصَاحِبِهِ كَمَا يُرَبِّي أَحَدُكُمْ فَلُوَّهُ حَتَّى تَكُونَ مِثْلَ الْجَبَلِ
Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “If somebody gives in charity something equal to a date from his honestly earned money —-for nothing ascends to Allah except good—- then Allah will take it in His Right (Hand) and bring it up for its owner as anyone of you brings up a baby horse, till it becomes like a mountain.” Abu Huraira said: The Prophet. said, “Nothing ascends to Allah except good.” [Al-Bukhari: Volume 9, Book 93, Number 525y]

If a part of a date given sincerely for Allah’s sake can save you from the hellfire (by Allah’s mercy), don’t you think that saving our youth from the hellfire is more deserving of Allah’s mercy?

Inshallah, I’ll be posting some notes and audio clips from the Symposium inshallah. Sheikh Saed Ragaeh was awsome, don’t you think? This is just one small clip of his to give you flavor. More of his lectures are found here. (I don’t have my own server, and as such I can’t install any cool flash plugins that play clips😦. If anyone knows a way around this please tell me).

On another note, my parents bought me a cake today (you’re all saying “How sweet of them!”). When I arrived Edmonton, all I had were some cookies (rather I should say what was left of the cookies which were eaten by my siblings). Now all a of a sudden, I’m leaving and I see a huge chocolate cake on the kitchen table decorated with a small Reese candy on the top. Maa Shaa’ Allah. Subhaana Allah, I can’t believe they are bored of me already!😀

Nono:) Actually, when I arrived Edmonton my mom had made me the “up-side-down” dish, and she is now making me some Lasagnia, Hummus, Rice, and “Warq Dawaali” to take with me to Fort Mac (although I told her not to). Allah iykhalleeli iyyaaki ya imme uw yi7fathik. Ameen.  (Please say Ameen)

I have only been here for ten days (which to me seem like a couple of hours). Subhaana Allah, the “longest days” were those spent at the Symposium. It is true that Allah puts barakah in time that is spent pleasing Him. I won’t be back to Edmonton till the end of August (that’s another 6 weeks or so). So till then I’ll have to be patient with work … as well as other things.

Please keep me in your du’a.

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Your brother,

Billo.

You don’t want to miss out on this!!

July 3, 2006

Assalamu 3aliakum,

Symposium Poster-02 -4.JPG

(Click on poster to view larger image)

Last year’s symposium was just amazing. I expect nothing less of this year’s symposium inshallah.

My initial plan is to take 4 days off in July, so that I get a nice 9 day long holiday (July 1-9). Inshallah I’ll be able to spend time with my dad who will have come visiting from abroad, and at the same time, attend the symposium. Please make du’a that Allah makes this possible (if this is better for me in this life and the next).

Please keep me in your du’a.

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Your brolther,

Billo.

Suus

June 25, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

My sister showed me a picture of this Suus.

Chicken with fur covering his eyes
Something inside me drove me to post it here. Strange eh? (Maybe it is the fact that I haven’t been posting as often as before, so I thought this would maybe make up for it. A picture is worth a thousand words, no?). Anyway, I’m awaiting your comments.😀

Please keep me in your du’a.

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Your bro,

Billo.

Alhamdulillah, it’s raining

June 18, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Yesterday and today, it has been raining, and you can clearly hear the explosive blasts of thunder and see the bright flashes of lightning. I was told it has been pouring all week in Edmonton. It is fortunate that we have so much khair (blessing) here. It is times like these that we should remember Allah's blessings upon us: instead of saying: "Oh man, it's been raining for 5 days straight, what the heck!", we should say:

  • "Alhamdulillah, this rain has been a blessing rather than a prelude to a destructive flood or hurricane"
    • The people of 3aad were destroyed by a sandstrom; at first they thought the cloud was a rain cloud. (Read Surat Al-Ahqaaf: 21-27).

      Narrated 'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet): I never saw Allah's Apostle laughing loudly enough to enable me to see his uvula, but he used to smile only. And whenever he saw clouds or winds, signs of deep concern would appear on his face. I said, "O Allah's Apostle! When people see clouds they usually feel happy, hoping that it would rain, while I see that when you see clouds, one could notice signs of dissatisfaction on your face." He said, "O 'Aisha! What is the guarantee for me that there will be no punishment in it, since some people were punished with a wind? Verily, some people saw (received) the punishment, but (while seeing the cloud) they said, 'This cloud will give us rain.' "
      [Al-Bukhaari: Volume 6, Book 60, Number 353]

  • "Alhamdulillah, Allah is blessing us with water to drink, whereas people around the world are dying of thirst and famine due to drought"
  • "Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed us with an opportunity to supplicate to him and praise him"
    • When rain is falling we should supplicate:

      Narrated Aisha: Whenever Allah's Apostle saw the rain, he used to say, "O Allah! Let it be a strong fruitful rain."
      [Al-Buhkaari: Volume 2, Book 17, Number 142]

    • When we hear thunder we should say:

      Malik related to me that Amir ibn Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr would stop speaking when he heard thunder and say, "Glory be to Allah whom the thunder glorifies with His praise and the angels from the fear of Him." (Subhana-aladhee yusabihu ar-radu bi hamdihi wa mala'ikatu min khiyfatihi.) Then he would say, "This is a severe warning to the people of the earth."
      [Maalik's Muwatta': Book 56, Number 56.11.26]

We didn't ask Allah for any rain, but Allah is the most generous; He is our sustainer; He provides us with a lot of rain, and doesn't ask us for anything in return. When is the last time we asked Allah for rain? When is the last time we thanked Allah for rain? Oh Allah, keep us of the thankful. Ameen

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalamu 3alaikum.

Your brother,

Billo.

Chains, Kufr, and Shukr.

June 9, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Yesteday while I was out in the field with a fellow coworker to look at the tail-end of a conveyer, me eyes fell on the largest chain I've ever seen. On one end of the chain, you had the tail-end of the conveyer which carries oil sand which is to get crushed by a crusher down the line. On the other end of the chain you have 12 huge blocks of concrete that create tension in the chain holding the tail-end of the con veyer in place.

Chain

This is a picture my coworker took of the chain. Each link of the chain is slightly larger than my hand, and my hand could probably fit through it (I know it's not the biggest chain, but it sure amazed me!). The chain-link to to the far right could surely fit my whole arm. Looking at the chain, some of these verses of the Quran came to my mind:

"وَإِنْ تَعْجَبْ فَعَجَبٌ قَوْلُهُمْ أَئِذَا كُنَّا تُرَابًا أَئِنَّا لَفِي خَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ وَأُولَئِكَ الْأَغْلَالُ فِي أَعْنَاقِهِمْ وَأُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ "

"وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا لِلَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا بَلْ مَكْرُ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِذْ تَأْمُرُونَنَا أَنْ نَكْفُرَ بِاللَّهِ وَنَجْعَلَ لَهُ أَنْدَادًا وَأَسَرُّوا النَّدَامَةَ لَمَّا رَأَوُا الْعَذَابَ وَجَعَلْنَا الْأَغْلَالَ فِي أَعْنَاقِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا هَلْ يُجْزَوْنَ إِلَّا مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ"

" أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي آَيَاتِ اللَّهِ أَنَّى يُصْرَفُونَ (69) الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِالْكِتَابِ وَبِمَا أَرْسَلْنَا بِهِ رُسُلَنَا فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ (70) إِذِ الْأَغْلَالُ فِي أَعْنَاقِهِمْ وَالسَّلَاسِلُ يُسْحَبُونَ (71) فِي الْحَمِيمِ ثُمَّ فِي النَّارِ يُسْجَرُونَ (72) ثُمَّ قِيلَ لَهُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُمْ تُشْرِكُونَ (73) مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ قَالُوا ضَلُّوا عَنَّا بَلْ لَمْ نَكُنْ نَدْعُو مِنْ قَبْلُ شَيْئًا كَذَلِكَ يُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الْكَافِرِينَ (74) ذَلِكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَفْرَحُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَبِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَمْرَحُونَ (75) ادْخُلُوا أَبْوَابَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا فَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى الْمُتَكَبِّرِينَ"

يس (1) وَالْقُرْآَنِ الْحَكِيمِ (2) إِنَّكَ لَمِنَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ (3) عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ (4) تَنْزِيلَ الْعَزِيزِ الرَّحِيمِ (5) لِتُنْذِرَ قَوْمًا مَا أُنْذِرَ آَبَاؤُهُمْ فَهُمْ غَافِلُونَ (6) لَقَدْ حَقَّ الْقَوْلُ عَلَى أَكْثَرِهِمْ فَهُمْ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ (7) إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا فِي أَعْنَاقِهِمْ أَغْلَالًا فَهِيَ إِلَى الْأَذْقَانِ فَهُمْ مُقْمَحُونَ (8) وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ سَدًّا وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ سَدًّا فَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ (9) وَسَوَاءٌ عَلَيْهِمْ أَأَنْذَرْتَهُمْ أَمْ لَمْ تُنْذِرْهُمْ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ (10) إِنَّمَا تُنْذِرُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الذِّكْرَ وَخَشِيَ الرَّحْمَنَ بِالْغَيْبِ فَبَشِّرْهُ بِمَغْفِرَةٍ وَأَجْرٍ كَرِيمٍ

فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِيَمِينِهِ فَيَقُولُ هَاؤُمُ اقْرَءُوا كِتَابِيَهْ (19) إِنِّي ظَنَنْتُ أَنِّي مُلَاقٍ حِسَابِيَهْ (20) فَهُوَ فِي عِيشَةٍ رَاضِيَةٍ (21) فِي جَنَّةٍ عَالِيَةٍ (22) قُطُوفُهَا دَانِيَةٌ (23) كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا هَنِيئًا بِمَا أَسْلَفْتُمْ فِي الْأَيَّامِ الْخَالِيَةِ (24) وَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِشِمَالِهِ فَيَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أُوتَ كِتَابِيَهْ (25) وَلَمْ أَدْرِ مَا حِسَابِيَهْ (26) يَا ‎لَيْتَهَا كَانَتِ الْقَاضِيَةَ (27) مَا أَغْنَى عَنِّي مَالِيَهْ (28) هَلَكَ عَنِّي سُلْطَانِيَهْ (29) خُذُوهُ فَغُلُّوهُ (30) ثُمَّ الْجَحِيمَ صَلُّوهُ (31) ثُمَّ فِي سِلْسِلَةٍ ذَرْعُهَا سَبْعُونَ ذِرَاعًا فَاسْلُكُوهُ (32) إِنَّهُ كَانَ لَا يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ (33) وَلَا يَحُضُّ عَلَى طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ (34) فَلَيْسَ لَهُ الْيَوْمَ هَاهُنَا حَمِيمٌ (35) وَلَا طَعَامٌ إِلَّا مِنْ غِسْلِينٍ (36) لَا يَأْكُلُهُ إِلَّا الْخَاطِئُونَ (37)

"And if you (O Muhammad SAW) wonder (at these polytheists who deny your message of Islamic Monotheism and have taken besides Allah others for worship who can neither harm nor benefit), then wondrous is their saying: "When we are dust, shall we indeed then be (raised) in a new creation?" They are those who disbelieve in their Lord! They are those who will have iron chains tying their hands to their necks. They will be dwellers of the Fire to abide therein" [Al-Ra`d: 5]

"Those who were deemed weak will say to those who were arrogant: "Nay, but it was your plotting by night and day, when you ordered us to disbelieve in Allah and set up rivals to Him!" And each of them (parties) will conceal their own regrets (for disobeying Allah during this worldly life), when they behold the torment. And We shall put iron collars round the necks of those who disbelieved. Are they requited aught except what they used to do?" [Saba': 33]

"See you not those who dispute about the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah? How are they turning away (from the truth, i.e. Islamic Monotheism to the falsehood of polytheism)? (69) Those who deny the Book (this Quran), and that with which We sent Our Messengers (i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone sincerely, and to reject all false deities and to confess resurrection after the death for recompense) they will come to know (when they will be cast into the Fire of Hell). (70) When iron collars will be rounded over their necks, and the chains, they shall be dragged along (71) In the boiling water, then they will be burned in the Fire (72) Then it will be said to them: "Where are (all) those whom you used to join in worship as partners (73) "Besides Allah" They will say: "They have vanished from us: Nay, we did not invoke (worship) anything before." Thus Allah leads astray the disbelievers (74) That was because you had been exulting in the earth without any right (by worshipping others instead of Allah and by committing crimes), and that you used to rejoice extremely (in your error). (75) Enter the gates of Hell to abide therein, and (indeed) what an evil abode of the arrogant! (76)

"Ya-Sin. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings.] (1) By the Quran, full of wisdom (i.e. full of laws, evidences, and proofs), (2) Truly, you (O Muhammad SAW) are one of the Messengers (3) On a Straight Path (i.e. on Allah's religion of Islamic Monotheism). (4) (This is) a Revelation sent down by the AllMighty, the Most Merciful (5) In order that you may warn a people whose forefathers were not warned, so they are heedless. (6) Indeed the Word (of punishment) has proved true against most of them, so they will not believe. (7) Verily! We have put on their necks iron collars reaching to chins, so that their heads are forced up (8) And We have put a barrier before them, and a barrier behind them, and We have covered them up, so that they cannot see (9) It is the same to them whether you warn them or you warn them not, they will not believe (10) You can only warn him who follows the Reminder (the Quran), and fears the Most Beneficent (Allah) unseen. Bear you to such one the glad tidings of forgiveness, and a generous reward (i.e. Paradise). (11) [Yaaseen: 1-11]

"But as for him who will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: "I wish that I had not been given my Record!" (26) "And that I had never known, how my Account is?" (27) "I wish, would that it had been my end (death)!" (28) "My wealth has not availed me" (29) "My power and arguments (to defend myself) have gone from me!" (30) (It will be said): "Seize him and fetter him" (31) "Then throw him in the blazing Fire" (32) "Then fasten him with a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits!" (33) Verily, He used not to believe in Allah, the Most Great (34) And urged not on the feeding of Al­Miskin (the poor), (35) So no friend has he here this Day (36) Nor any food except filth from the washing of wounds (37) None will eat except the Khati'un (sinners, disbelievers, polytheists, etc.).(38) [Al-Haaqqah: 26-38]

What's even more scary than this is the fact that these kinds of people were destined for hell fire for one sole reason: they were "Kuffar". The meaning of the word best known to most of us is "disbelievers". If you look at the origin of the word, Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s move!

June 4, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

I have been thinking about things that divide us as an Ummah. Mainly things that generate feelings of bigotry, pride, and arrogance in ourselves, and consequently ill feelings (if not hatred) towards our fellow muslims. So far I have counted:

1) Ideologies

2) Race

3) Language

4) Sex

5) Color

6) Social status

7) Wealth

8) Good looks

9) Intelligence

10) Sense of self-righteousness and piety

(If anybody can add to this list, please do)

Strangely enough, we get proud of these things, and think that we are better than others because we possess some of these qualities, when in fact, we have no right to be proud. We did not create ourselves, did we? Who of us can honestly say that we had a say in choosing our mother? father? familiy (and all that comes with it from wealth to social status)? Color of skin? Hair? Sex? Brain? We have no right to be proud of any of these qualities because we had no choice over them. It is only Allah who has the right to be proud because he created everything.He created all that exists and thus has the right to call himself "Al-Mutakabbir" (The truly Majestic, the Possessor of all rights, the supreme greatness).

Even when it comes to something like piety and self-righteousness, this is a blessing from Allah. Sure we work towards it day and night, but we cannot be self-righteous unless Allah wills it. As mentioned in Ibn Katheer's Tafseer, when Allah revealed the following verse: "Verily, this (the Quran) is no less than a Reminder to (all) the 'Alamin (mankind and jinns).* To whomsoever among you who wills to walk straight" [Al-Takweer: 27-28], Abu Jahl – may Allah curse him – argued saying:

"It's up to us: if we want to become upright, we will become upright, and if we don't want to become upright, we won't become upright".

Then Allah revealed the following verse: Read the rest of this entry »

Have you ever spent your night in a cemetery?

May 31, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

I'm sure you've all heard of the earthquake that hit Indonesia recently. So far, "more than 5,846 people were killed, 22,700 others injured and thousands went homeless" [According to Islamonline.net]. I read this moving article, from which I'll quote:

"Finding no other place to go after losing their homes in Saturday's devastating quake, many Indonesian survivors have found solace and a safe haven in the cemetery … Spending their first night in close proximity to dead people, some of the survivors have had horrible nightmares"

"the government would give 3,000 rupiah (33 cents) to each homeless survivor per day for food"

Tonight, we will sleep carefree without a worry on our minds in our confortable beds, under our warm blankets, with a roof over our heads; while these survivors will be spending their nights in a cemetery among the dead.

We rarely miss a quarter that falls from our pockets, and we don't hesitate to spend $1.25 on a softdrink from a vending machine, and don't mind paying 8 to 15 dollars to get a meal from a fast food restaurant; whereas these survivors must cope with little bit more than a quarter a day for food.

What is wrong with this picture? Do you see what needs to be done? Do you know what our responsibility is?

Yes we may be all comfortable in our nice beds tonight, but unless we donate and shelter thesee victims, I can guarentee that we won't find any comfort on the Day of Judgement when Allah asks us about them.

Yes we may be blessed with wealth now, but unless we donate some of it for them, I can guarentee that we will be extremely poor on the Day of Judgement, for on that day, we will panic over the scarcity of good deedds and hasanaat in our accounts.

If 33 cents can feed a survivor for a day, then $3.30 can feed a survivor for 10 days, and $33 for 100 days (close to 3 and 1/2 months). Imagine if everybody donated some of their wealth, look at how much worry and stress would be lifted off the shoulders of these survivors.

Please donate generously. Here are some links to Islamic relief organizations:

Remember that Allah says in the Quran:

"Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that giveth (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return." [Al-Baqarah: 245]

"The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower" [Al-Baqarah: 261]

And the prophet – peace be upon him – says:

Salim reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim is the brother of a fellow-Muslim. He should neither commit oppression upon him nor ruin him, and he who meets the need of a brother, Allah would meet his needs, and he who relieved a Muslim from hardship Allah would relieve him from the hardships to which he would be put on the Day of Resurrection, and he who did not expose (the follies of a Muslim) Allah would conceal his follies on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim: Book 032, 6251]

‏عن ‏ ‏عقيل ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏الزهري ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏سالم ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏أبيه ‏ ‏أن رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال: “‏ ‏المسلم أخو المسلم لا يظلمه ولا ‏ ‏يسلمه ‏‏ من كان في ‏‏ حاجة ‏ ‏أخيه كان الله في حاجته ومن ‏ ‏فرج ‏ ‏عن مسلم ‏ ‏كربة ‏ ‏فرج ‏ ‏الله عنه بها ‏ ‏كربة ‏ ‏من ‏ ‏كرب ‏ ‏يوم القيامة ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله يوم القيامة

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalmau 3alaikum,

Your brother,

Billo.

Are you ready?

May 28, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Imam Ali – may Allah be pleased with him – said:

يا ناظراً إلى قبري

أعجبت من أمري
أمس كنت مثلك 

و غداً تصبح مثلي

which translates as:

Oh you who are looking at my grave

Are you amazed by my state?!

Yesterday I was like you

And tomorrow you will be like me

Please take the time to listen to this (if your busy, try to listen to at least half of it) 

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Your brother,

Billo. 

A refreshing article from Jordan

May 26, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Just an article I thought was nice. Upon reading it, feelings of ease and comfort entered my heart.

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalamu 3alaikum.

Your brother,

Billo.

Alhamdulillah I’m back

May 22, 2006

Assalaamu 3alaikum,

Just wanted to tell you that I arrived back from Edmonton. I would love to talk about my visit, but time waits for no one, and I have work tommorrw😦 More to come later inshallah.

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalamu 3alaikum.

Your brother,

Billo

Do you feel like crying? I do …

May 16, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

I received this in an email from a friend of mine [with slight modification]:

أتدري متى تبكي على نفسك ؟

ابكِ على نفسك

عندما ترى المنكر ولا تنكره، وعندما ترى الخير فتحتقره

عندما تدمع عينك لمشهد مؤثر في فيلم، بينما لاتتأثر عند سماع القرآن الكريم

عندما تبدأ بالركض خلف دنيا زائلة، بينما لم تنافس أحد على طاعة الله

عندما تتحول صلاتك من عبادة إلى عادة، ومن ساعة راحة إلى شقاء

عندما يتحول حجابك إلى شكل إجتماعي، ومن لباس يسترك إلى أمر تجبرين عليه

إن رأيت في نفسك قبول للذنوب، وحب لمبارزة علام الغيــــوب

عندما لا تجد لذة العبادة، ولا متعة الطاعة

ابك على نفسك

عندما تمتلأ نفسك بالهموم وتغرقها بالأحزان، وأنت تملك الثلث الأخير من الليل

عندما تهدر وقتك فيما لا ينفع،، وأنت تعلم أنك محاسب فتغفل

عندما تدرك أنك أخطأت الطريق، وقد مضى الكثيـــر من العمر

بكاء المشفق

التائب

العائد

.الراجي رحمة مولاه

وأنت تعلم أن باب التوبة مفتوح ما لم تصل الروح إلى الحلقوم

Which translates as:

 

Do you know when you should really cry over yourself?

 

Cry over yourself

 

when you see evil and don't forbid it, but see good and despise it,

 

when you shed a tear from seeing a emotional scene in a movie, but are not affected to the least when listening to the Holy Quran,

 

when you start running after a fleeting Dunya, but don't compete with anyone for obeying Allah,

 

when your prayer changes from an act of worship to habit, from a moment of rest to one of misery,

 

when [in your mind] your Hijab turns into an social norm; when it changes from protective garment to something that is forced upon you,

 

when you see in yourself an acceptance of sin, and a love for combating the Lord of the Unseen, but don't find in yourself the sweet taste of worship, or the joy of obedience

[then you should]

 

cry over yourself

 

when your [life] is filled with problems and you drown yourself in sorrow even though the last third of the night is at your disposal

 

when you waste your time in that which does you no benefit knowing all to well that you will be taken into account, but you [still] do not take heed

when you realize you have lost your way, and so much of your life has already past

[then cry]

tears of pity,

tears of repentance,

tears of return,

and tears of hope in Allah's mercy

knowing that the door of repentance is always open as long as the soul hasn't reached the throat

 

Please keep me in your du'a.

Assalamu 3alaikum,

Your brother,

Billo

 

What is the difference between heaven and hell? Answer: The letter “waaw” و

May 4, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

The Quran is filled with miracles. The biggest miracle is, without a doubt, the beauty, eloquence and precision displayed in the language of the Qur'an. A single letter can make all the difference. This exactness and precision can be seen in Surat Al-Zumar, verses 71 and 73:

Verse 71:

وَسِيقَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَى جَهَنَّمَ زُمَراً حَتَّى إِذَا جَاؤُوهَا فُتِحَتْ أَبْوَابُهَا وَقَالَ لَهُمْ خَزَنَتُهَا أَلَمْ يَأْتِكُمْ رُسُلٌ مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُونَ عَلَيْكُمْ آيَاتِ رَبِّكُمْ وَيُنذِرُونَكُمْ لِقَاء يَوْمِكُمْ هَذَا قَالُوا بَلَى وَلَكِنْ حَقَّتْ كَلِمَةُ الْعَذَابِ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ"

And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups, till, when they reach it, the gates thereof will be opened (suddenly like a prison at the arrival of the prisoners). And its keepers will say, "Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves, reciting to you the Verses of your Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "Yes, but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers!""

Verse 73:

وَسِيقَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا رَبَّهُمْ إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ زُمَراً حَتَّى إِذَا جَاؤُوهَا وَفُتِحَتْ أَبْوَابُهَا وَقَالَ لَهُمْ خَزَنَتُهَا سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ طِبْتُمْ فَادْخُلُوهَا خَالِدِينَ

"And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salamun 'Alaikum (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein.""

If you compare the wording of two verses, the difference in their meanings (as shown by the translations) is merely due to the presence and absence of single letter, the "waaw" و which lies between جَاؤُوهَا and َفُتِحَتْ in the phrase:

َحتَّى إِذَا جَاؤُوهَا وَفُتِحَتْ أَبْوَابُهَا

By not mentioning the "waaw" in the verse 71, Allah specifies a specific order of events: Read the rest of this entry »

‘Eethaar – إيثار

May 3, 2006

Assalamu 3alaikum,

My arms and legs have become sore from playing squash while in Edmonton. I hadn't played for 4 months. Zacharia, Omar (my cousin) and I played some brotherly, friendly, and "not very competitive" games of squash. In fact, they were filled with situations of selflessness, and good sportsmanship:

(Disclaimer: The situations below are what I remember. But I have have very bad memory. Details may be inaccurate but the situations should somewhat reflect what happened. The dialogues were adapted from original Arabic/English dialogues. Some of the original meaning and tone may have been lost during the translation. So, the dialogue may not truly reflect what happened either)

Situation #1

(It's Zacharia's turn to serve. He chooses the right side of the court.)

Billo (On the left side of the court, pointing to the floor with the racket in my right hand): You can take this side of the court akhee

Zacharia: No akhee, it's ok.

Billo: Akhee, you don't have to be shy. I'd be very happy if you took this side akhee.

Zacharia: I'm fine here akhee, thanks.

Billo: You don't have to worry about me, akhee. You can have it.

Zacharia: It's ok akhee. I'm good here.

Billo: Are you sure akhee?

Zacharia: Yes akhee. Jazaaka Allahu khairan.

Billo: Wa 'iyyaak akhee. Yalla go.

(Zacharia serves with his right hand. The ball hits the front wall, and then lands in the corner behind me) Read the rest of this entry »


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